In short, these Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit headpones, in the earbuds style, are not high fidelity. But they are very durable, sweat proof, waterproof. Just be sure to use the rubber cups they come with. These buds are well-fitting for sports, comfortable, and not bad sounding.
Clearly though, they focused more on the ruggedness that sports requires. Less on how good the Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit buds sound.
But this trade off that favors durability over sound may not offend people who listen to while working out. Why? In a common workout, there are so many other noises around. So, the lower high-end and weak bass is easy to overlook. You can still hear the defining parts of the music, even though it does not sound as full. Nonetheless, the sound profile of the music rises way above the ambient workout noises. E.g. Treadmills whining, footfalls thumping, and weights clanking.
Benefits, Features, Pros, and Advantages of the Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Earphones
Strain Relief on All Cable Ends
Excellent strain relief provided on all critical joints (the two ear pieces and at the jack end).
Decently Long Cord
You get approximately 47 inches of usable cable length.
Flexible Cord on the Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Headphones
The audio cable itself is highly flexible.
You don’t hear much noise in the Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit earbuds when you tap on the cable. So too when you run, and the cord flops around.
You can Replace the Ear Pieces
The instructions included detail how to change the ear inserts.
Look Much Like the Apple Earpods
These Philips headphones are in the same style as Apple iPod stock ear buds. E.g. They do not stick into your ear canal. Their little speakers sit in the ear, just outside the canal entrance.
Light weight and comfortable. Just keep the rubber ear piece boots in place. Without these, these buds are not comfy, with a jagged edge that pokes the ear.
Gold Plated Plug on the Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Headphones
3.5mm gold-plated connector is provided.
Three Sizes of Anti-Microbial Ear Tips Included
Do Not Come Out of your Ears
Fit and stability are hallmarks of this earphone set. Once placed in the ear, they do not move around too much until you take them out. This is a valuable feature for equipment that’s to be used during rigorous physical exercise.
Speakers Marked Left and Right
Philips marks each headphone at the top of the cable stem, with a white letter. This tells you which channel each earbud is. Either left (L) or right (R) channel.
Cable Fastener Shirt Clip
You get a black spring-loaded clip on the cable between the plug and the Y vertex. It slides up and down the cable. It fastens the cord to a shirt or belt. So, the cable does not flop and whip around as much as you work out hard.
The Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Headphones Include a Carrying Case
They also provide a black mesh and red carrying pouch for the earbuds. This looks like a gym-style clothes bag. So you get the idea loud and clear that this is sports product.
Sound Best with Speech Recordings
The mid range frequencies are the best sounding audio components here. So these work well for the speech found in audio books, podcasts, and so on.
Appear to be of Closed-Air Design
This achieves good waterproofing.
Low Sound Isolation
These phones work well in indoor or outdoor workouts. They block outside noises very little. So you get max safety while riding or jogging along busy roads.
One Year Limited Warranty
They produce plenty of volume, in spite of their higher-than-typical sensitivity rating. They’ll indeed hurt the ears at full iPod volume.
Low Power Consumption
The higher-than-typical impedance (32 ohms as opposed to the common 16 ohms) means less power consumption here. But you may also experience lower volumes as well.
The Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Earphones Come in Bright Colors
My copy has a red cable with white driver units, black strain relievers and jack body, and red anti-microbial boots.
Comfortable in Bed
The Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit earbuds are quite comfy to listen to in bed with one ear stuffed into your pillow. But they do leak sound. So with a partner sleeping beside you, you may have to cut the volume way back.
Disadvantages, Cons, Limitations, and Problems of the Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Sports Earbuds
Not Symmetrical Ear Pieces
The left and right earbuds are not exact copies. Insert them backwards (right bud into left ear, and left bud into right ear). Then you lose some good fit and comfort. So this is why we prefer completely swappable ear drivers in our buds.
Lots of Audio Spill
So you may disturb your sleep mate if you play your music too loud while sharing your bed. Moderate volume levels however, we barely hear several inches away from these Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit earbuds.
Found No Harmonic Distortion Details in the Specs
Though the specs available for this product are quite extensive, they still do not mention harmonic distortion figures.
The Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Headphones have Medium Fidelity Sound
Not a very good high-fidelity audio device. We listened to these for a couple of hours. Indeed, our ears did adjust somewhat to the mostly mid range sound profile. But with so little highs, these phones never grew pleasant-sounding to us. We never got used to the missing treble.
Yes, we like our highs. In fact, we need them. But the rubber cups mentioned above, since they completely cover the speaker grills, seriously cut the high-end sounds.
So we tried removing the boots and listening that way. This indeed did restore much of the highs. But it also made the overall music sounds even more piercing and harsh. Philips designed the drivers to favor the high frequencies. They did this to try to make up for the treble loss when you have the covers in place. But unfortunately, they did only a poor job at this tuning for sports, as they call it, in our opinion.
Either the covers trim too much treble. Or the drivers output too little. Whatever the case, the result is a less than stellar audio profile. This may mean that only beginner listeners would enjoy these buds. Especially if they have an ear for good sounding music. Indeed, to get a waterproof earphone, Philips gave up much of the crispness of treble. They also lost the very low bass components.
No Microphone or Remote Control
So no phone conversations through these while jogging.
Harsh Sound can Hurt Ears
Quite a bit of harshness in the mid-high frequency range here. That’s even with the waterproofing rubber boots in place.
Little Treble Frequency Response
The extreme high frequencies are virtually non-existent. As such, these phones failed our Hissy Master test. That is: On recordings that have higher hiss, we barely heard it through these buds.
Cost a Lot for All the More you Get
We paid $25 roughly for this pair. True. We’re not impressed with how they sound. But their durability is perhaps the best we’ve seen in a set of in-ear headphones. We wish thus, that the more costly buds used the same high quality cabling and strain relief found here.
Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Earbuds Specifications
- Frequency response: 30 – 20,000 Hz.
- Sensitivity: 110 DB.
- Maximum power input: 10 milliwatts.
- Impedance: 32 ohms.
Our Rating on the Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Headphones
We believe that Philips put too much emphasis on the sports requirements of these earbuds. Also, they placed too little priority on audio fidelity. While the SHQ1000-28s are second to none in terms of good durability, they sorely lack audio performance. Thus, we advise against these to any serious audio listener. But unless he understands these quirks as a sports enthusiast, then he might think them not too bad.
In other applications, the audio problems here would quickly become unacceptable. We thus rate these sports phones at 75 out of 100. Unfortunately, these buds sound really bad to us. So bad in fact, that we’d rather buy a better-sounding yet non waterproof set. Then take the chance during workouts that we would not break them.
Where to Buy the Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Sports Headphones
I bought mine at Walmart. But you can also buy them on Amazon, eBay, and other larger online electronics vendors. Look for the red, white, and blue outer package, and the clear plastic inner packaging. The earphones are visible through a window on the box front.
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References for Philips SHQ1000-28 ActionFit Headphones
- Philips ActionFit SHQ1000/28 In-Ear Headphones Tuned for Sports, Product Page on Amazon
- Philips Website
- Reviews of the ActionFit Sports in ear headphones SHQ1000/28, on Philips Web Site
- Where to Buy the Philips SHQ1000-28 Sports Earbuds
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